Buying local does more than you think

Read the full story in SmartPlanet. While we may think we're getting a great deal in times where belts have tightened, are we doing harm to our local environment by taking advantage of such promotions? According to a new infographic from CustomMade, an online marketplace for custom items, the impact may be more widespread that …

Fish 2.0: A Contest Seeks to Foster A More Sustainable Seafood Industry

Read the full story at Yale Environment360. Think of it as a live version of Shark Tank, the U.S. primetime TV favorite in which entrepreneurs pitch their fledgling companies to investors. Twenty pioneers in the sustainable seafood business climbed a stage at Stanford University earlier this month, and by the time they finished wooing the …

Rice scientists ID new catalyst for cleanup of nitrites

Read the full story from Rice University. Chemical engineers at Rice University have found a new catalyst that can rapidly break down nitrites, a common and harmful contaminant in drinking water that often results from overuse of agricultural fertilizers. Nitrites and their more abundant cousins, nitrates, are inorganic compounds that are often found in both …

Resilient Against What?: How Leading U.S. Municipalities Are Understanding and Acting on Resilience

Download the document. Resilience is often understood simply as the ability to “bounce back” from a single disaster like a hurricane or earthquake. This survey commissioned by Post Carbon Institute found that leading US municipalities already have a much more sophisticated understanding of resilience involving economic, energy, and social challenges—and they're putting it into action …

Energy Department Launches Alternative Fueling Station Locator App

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to expand access to data and give consumers more transportation options that save money at the pump, the Energy Department today launched a new mobile app to help drivers find stations that provide alternative fuel for vehicles. Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with support from the …